Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Our Faithful Provider

God provided in an unusual way.  The summer following college graduation, while preparing for seminary, I worked as children’s minister.  God would challenge me in the coming years to learn to trust Him financially step by step.  He created an experience that summer to prove Himself faithful and teach me that I could trust Him to provide for my present and future needs.

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One Wednesday afternoon I visited a Crossway bookstore in Greenville, South Carolina.  Browsing through the shelves, I sensed the quiet, consistent nudge of God: “Buy these five books and give them to the man you disciple.”  I knew that voice.  And I questioned that voice.  As a young man on the way to seminary, I didn’t have money to squander.  I prayed, Lord, You know I don’t have money to spare.  But if this is You, I will trust You.  As an act of obedience, I purchased the books for $48.

Later, feeling foolish and questioning my experience, I went to church and walked into my office.  Stan, the custodian, came in and presented an envelope.  I asked, “Who is this from?”  He answered, “I don’t know.”  I said, “What do you mean, you don’t know?”  He replied, “That’s what they told me to tell you, I don’t know.”  Stan left, and I opened the envelope.

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